Landscaping

Rain Barrels – Downspout Diverter

One of the puzzles of connecting a rain barrel to your gutter system is how to divert water from the barrel when it is full. Some barrels have overflow pipes that take water to the ground in a safe manner....

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Theresa Schrum’s Comments on Hardiness Zones

Theresa Schrum’s Comments on Hardiness Zones I currently tell people that if they live inside the perimeter or in south metro Atlanta, they can consider themselves 8a and those north of line running across Cobb to Gwinnett Counties are in...

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Mary Kay Woodworth’s Comments on Hardiness Zones

Mary Kay Woodworth’s Comments on Hardiness Zones For the cautious and new gardener, I stick with 7b, but also suggest to try what you will. At some point gardeners will have that “come to Jesus” moment and acknowledge that pushing...

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Daryl Pulis’ Comments on Hardiness Zones

Daryl Pulis’ Comments on Hardiness Zones If I remember correctly, the proposed 2003 AHS Zone map was such a mess that it was recalled before the USDA would put its stamp on it. Tony Avent is on the committee for...

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Wood Chips – Myths & Facts

I believe my third grade friend Thomas Robinson told me my first urban legend. With all the solemn believability a nine-year old could muster, he recounted the story of the Doberman found choking on two severed fingers. “It really happened!”...

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Drought – Watering Trees

Plants must have water to survive. Water in a plant is like blood in an animal. Water carries dissolved nutrients, sugars and hormones throughout the plant’s system. Some plants can go for long periods receiving only minimal water. Others require...

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Shannon Pable’s Comments on Hardiness Zones

Shannon Pable’s Comments on Hardiness Zones I typically refer to the 11 zone, 1960 map since that’s what is still being used on most plant labels and in reference material. I usually err on the side of being conservative and...

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Tara Dillard’s Comments on Hardiness Zones

Tara Dillard’s Comments on Hardiness Zones I’ve always thought the map zones were bogus for our area. Designing heavily from south Dekalb to north Fulton, I know plants that will do well in my part of DeKalb but not in...

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Pond – Winter care

Q: I have two small fish ponds that are connected. One is three feet deep and the other is about a foot deep. I have a pump that circulates the water between them. In cold weather, should I run the...

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Pond – Plants for Ponds

There are three kinds of plants for ponds and most ponds need all three. Underwater plants, like anacharis, elodea and fanwort provide oxygen directly into the water. They soak up excess nutrients from fish waste. Emergent plants, such as cattail,...

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Pond – Low Oxygen Levels

High temperatures can wreak havoc in fish ponds warns George Lewis, Extension Fisheries Specialist. Warm water can hold much less dissolved oxygen than cool water. Dry weather also causes some ponds to be lower than normal. The combination can be...

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Bog – Building

It has gotten harder and harder to impress my son. Although he is nearly nine, I can still remember how excited he would become when we uncovered a worm in our garden. Now the only thing that reliably brings a...

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Plants for Screening

When I was a kid, we had no need for screen plants around our house. Our rural neighbors were a minimum of one hundred yards away in every direction. If they chose to put their truck up on cinderblocks in...

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Plants with Colorful Fruits and Berries

TREES Citrus Full sun Cornelian cherry Cornus mas Full sun / half sun Crabapple Malus Full sun Dogwood Cornus kousa & C. florida Full sun / half sun Eastern red cedar Juniperus virginiana Full sun / half sun Fringe Tree...

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Animal-named Plants

A readers recently posed an unusual question: “I am preparing a class for child care providers on growing a Zoo Garden. I need a list of plants that have the name of an animal, i.e. Lamb’s Ear. I want to...

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Drought Tolerant Plants

During drought, it is natural to consider installing plants that are “drought tolerant”. But how do you judge drought tolerance? Experienced gardeners have learned that once established and with proper cultural practices, virtually all plant material recommended for use in...

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Native Plants – For Georgia

Although not every native plant is drought-tolerant or carefree, their main advantage is that they are more adapted to our heat and humidity. Many are just as colorful as common non-native plants you’d find at a garden center. The University...

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Plants with Colorful Fall Foliage

TREES American beech    Fagus grandifolia    Full sun -half sun Ash    Fraxinus    Full sunBald cypress    Taxodium distichum    Full sunBeech    Fagus    Full sun -half sunBirch    Betula    Full sun Black cherry    Prunus serotina    Full sunBlack gum    Nyssa sylvatica    Full sun -half sunBlack locust    Robinia pseudoacacia    Full sunCallery pear    Pyrus calleryana    Full sunCarolina Silverbell    Halesia Carolina    Half sun Chinese pistache Pistacia chinensis    Full sunChinese quince    Pseudocydonia...

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